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Page 8 Thursday, July 22, 1999 The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION

CYAN YELLOW MAGENTA BLACK

– Obituaries –

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Westfield

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George E. Handza, Sr., 82, Local Coach; Worked in Engineering Field for 45 Years

George E. Handza, Sr., 82, of Brick died on Sunday, July 18, at Brick Hospital in Brick.

Born in Bayonne, he had lived in Westfield before moving to Brick six years ago.

Mr. Handza had worked for 45 years in the field of engineering design and construction before retiring in 1984. He had been employed by M. W. Kellogg, Chemico Construction, Union Carbide Coalcon, all of New York, and Texas EasternDuke Energy in New York and Houston, Texas.

He had worked on major industrial plants around the world, including LNG1 Plant in Arzew, Algeria.

In addition, he played a major role in a $1 billion clean boiler fuel project for the Department of Energy.

Mr. Handza was a Technical Sergeant in the United States Army during World War II. He earned an engineering degree from Columbia University in New York University.

He was a member of the Bayonne Elks Lodge and the Bayonne Masonic Lodge.

Mr. Handza was a coach and official for the Police Athletic League in Bayonne for the Build Better Boys Basketball Association.

He was very active in Little League in Westfield as an organizer and coach, and was instrumental in start ing Westfield Basketball.

Surviving are his wife, Jean Linder Handza; two sons, George E. Handza, Jr. of Westfield and Thomas Handza of Voorhees; a sister, Betty Handza of Bayonne, and four grandchildren.

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, July 24, from 6 to 8 p. m. at the Colonial Funeral Home, 2170 Highway 88, Brick, with a service at 7 p. m.

Arrangements were handled by the Colonial Funeral Home of Brick.

July 22, 1999

Harry T. Yessman, 67, Marine Veteran Of Korean War; Carpenter in Local Union

Harry T. Yessman, 67, of Scotch Plains died on Friday, July 16, at home.

Born in Newark, he moved to Scotch Plains 40 years ago.

Mr. Yessman was employed for the Essex County Carpenters’ and Millwrights Union Local No. 1342 for 46 years, before retiring in 1994.

He was a member of the Knights of ColumbusFather Nelligan Council of Scotch Plains. He was also active for many years in the Scotch Plains

Fanwood Little League, Junior Raiders football and Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) basketball. He was a moderator of St. Bartholomew’s CYO for many years.

He served in the United States Marines during the Korean War.

Surviving are his wife, Mickey Hanna Yessman; three sons, Timothy M. Yessman of West Hartford, Connecticut, Peter T. Yessman of Scotch Plains and Thomas J. Yessman of Bridgewater; one daughter, Patricia E. Berrios of Yonkers, New York; one sister, Elaine Lang of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and six grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was offered on Tuesday, July 20, at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains.

Arrangements were handled by the Rossi Funeral Home in Scotch Plains.

July 22, 1999

Theresa Eacovalle, 96, Grandmother Of Seventeen; Local Homemaker

Theresa Drogo Eacovalle, 96, of Whiting died on Thursday, July 15, at Hunterdon Hills Care Center in Lebanon.

Born in New York City, she lived in Dumont before moving to Whiting in 1970.

Mrs. Eacovalle was a homemaker. She was a communicant of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church in Whiting.

She was predeceased by her husband, Louis Eacovalle, in 1989 and her daughter, Isabel Ratto, in 1996.

Surviving are her daughters, Amelia Hemmer and Theresa

DeVitis, both of Dumont, Mary Dunn of Westfield and Louise Maguire of Garfield; a son, Louis Eacovalle, Jr. of Lebanon; a sister, Mildred Trainor of Toms River; 17 grandchildren and 21 greatgrandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was held on Monday, July 19, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church in Whiting.

Arrangements were handled by the Manchester Memorial Funeral Home in Whiting.

July 22, 1999

Agnes Shaner, 91

Agnes Shaner, 91, of Mountainside died on Friday, July 16, in Overlook Hospital in Summit.

Born in Point of Rocks, Maryland, she lived in Rumson for 45 years before moving to Mountainside two years ago.

Surviving are a son, Frederic M. Compher; three grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, July 20, in Fairview Cemetery in Middletown.

Arrangements were handled by the Countryside Funeral Home in Three Bridges.

July 22, 1999

Sonia Pietrucha, 71

Sonia Pietrucha, 71, of Scotch Plains died on Friday, July 16, in the Genesis Eldercare Center in Westfield.

Born in Newark, she had lived in Scotch Plains since 1957.

Mrs. Pietrucha was an office manager with the GMAC Mortgage Company in Cranford for 20 years before retiring in 1995.

Surviving are two sons, Richard L. Pietrucha and Steven C. Pietrucha; a daughter, Lois M. Parker and seven grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was offered on Monday, July 19, in St. Bartholomew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains.

Arrangements were handled by the Rossi Funeral Home in Scotch Plains.

July 22, 1999

Roy A. Croag, 81, Retired Salesman; Awarded Bronze Star for Bravery

Roy A. Croag, 81, of Montesano, Washington, formerly of Scotch Plains, died on Wednesday, July 14, at home.

Born in Brooklyn on January 29, 1918, he was the son of Andrew and Marie Jacobsen Croag. Mr. Croag moved to Scotch Plains in 1924, and relocated to Montesano several years ago.

He had been employed as a salesman for the Virginia Barrel Company of New Jersey and the Leasewell Corporation of New York City before retiring in 1980.

He was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army and was a member of the Army’s First Infantry Division during World War II, serving in Germany and France. Mr. Croag received the Bronze Star for bravery.

A 1937 graduate of Scotch Plains High School, Mr. Croag was a charter member of the Scotch PlainsFanwood Kiwanis Club and served as its President in 1968.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Margaret Willis Croag; five daughters, Karen Bowes of Palos Verdes Estates, California, April Arnesen of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Kristen Paparella and Ellen Ferrara of Scotch Plains, and Margaret Dettelbach of Hermosa Beach, California, and 11 grandchildren.

A Fall memorial is planned in New Jersey.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Montesano Fire Department, 310 East Pioneer Avenue,

Montesano, Washington 98563, or Harbors Home Health and Hospice, 201 7th Street, Hoquiam, Washington 98550.

July 22, 1999

Dexter E. MacMillan, 83, Was Founder, President of EWC, Inc. in Kenilworth

Dexter E. MacMillan, 83, of Lakewood died on Friday, July 16, in Bartley Healthcare in Jackson.

Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he lived in East Orange and Westfield, while maintaining a vacation home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, before moving to Lakewood last year.

Mr. MacMillan was the founder and president of EWC Inc. in Kenilworth for over 30 years before

retiring in 1987. He was past president of the Manufacturing Association and the Rotary Club, both of Kenilworth.

Surviving are his wife of 11 years, Anna Marie MacMillan; a son, Paul MacMillan; a daughter, Marylin Hiotis; five grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren.

Funeral services will be private. Arrangements were handled by the D’Elia Funeral Home in Lakewood.

July 22, 1999

Robert LoBianco, 49, Technical Recruiter For Area Companies; Software Consultant

Robert C. LoBianco, 49, of North Plainfield died on Tuesday, July 13, at home.

Born in Newark, he lived in Fanwood and Bridgewater before moving to North Plainfield eight years ago.

Mr. LoBianco was a technical recruiter for Microage of East Rutherford and Icon Company of Hoboken. He was also selfemployed as a consultant in the electronic software industry.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Somerville.

Surviving are his father, Charles V. LoBianco and stepmother, Janet LoBianco of Martinsville; a sister, Nancy Miller of Asbury; two stepsisters, Judy Watkins of Howell and Jamie Schenck of Shrewsbury and a stepbrother, Jeffrey Scott of Toms River.

Funeral services were held on Sat urday, July 17, in the SpeerVan

Arsdale Funeral Home in Somerville.

July 22, 1999

Alfred M. Fromm, 75

Alfred Milton Fromm, 75, of South Daytona, Florida died on Monday, July 5, at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach.

Born in Elizabeth, he had lived in Westfield before relocating to South Daytona in 1973.

He was a former Westfield police officer.

Mr. Fromm served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II.

He was a member of the American Legion of South Daytona, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Port Orange, the Masonic Lodge of Daytona Beach, and the Volusia/ Flagler 40& 8 Voyager Club.

Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Fromm; a son, Richard Fromm of Edgewater; two daughters, Roxanne Fromm of South Daytona and Pamela Fromm of Keyport, and four grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Boys Nation, American Legion Department of Florida, P. O. Box 547936, Orlando, Florida 328547936.

Arrangements were handled by Newlife Cremation and Funeral Chapel in Ormond Beach.

July 22, 1999

Robert Earl Savard, 63

Robert Earl Savard, 63, of Sarasota, Florida, died on Friday, July 16, at Integrated Health Services at Braden River in Bradenton, Florida.

Born in Tupper Lake, New York, he lived in Westfield before moving to Sarasota in 1979.

Mr. Savard was a master printer for Quinn & Boden in Rahway and was a member of the International Typographical Union.

He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Sarasota.

He had served in the United States Army Reserves.

Surviving are his wife, Betty Savard of Sarasota; two daughters, Lynnle Savard of Savannah, Georgia and Susan Savard of Sarasota; two sons, Joseph Savard of Evansville, Indiana and Michael Savard of Sarasota and two brothers, Daniel Savard of Rahway and Donald Savard of Brick.

A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, July 20, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church.

Arrangements were handled by the GriffithCline Funeral Home, Manasota Chapel in Bradenton. Entombment was held at Manasota Memorial Park in Bradenton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Victims First, c/ o Sidney Ettedgui, 515 11th Street West, Bradenton, Florida 34205.

July 22, 1999

Gloria Bonavita, 73

Gloria Bonavita, 73, of Scotch Plains died on Sunday, July 18, at home.

Born in Brooklyn, she lived in Carteret before moving to Scotch Plains in 1973.

Mrs. Bonavita was active with the Scotch PlainsFanwood High School ParentTeacher Association and was a member of the Kessler Institute Ladies Auxiliary in South Orange.

Surviving are her husband, Gus Bonavita; two daughters, Janis Billon and Lucia Bonavita; two sons, August Bonavita and Anthony Bonavita; a sister, Claire Norris; two brothers, Nelson Zuppa and William Zuppa; five grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was held yesterday, Wednesday, July 21, in Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains.

Arrangements were handled by the Rossi Funeral Home in Scotch Plains.

July 22, 1999

DEATH NOTICE HANDZA, George E., Sr., age 82, of Brick, on July 18, 1999. Beloved husband of Jean (Nee Linder). Devoted father of George Jr. and Thomas. Dear brother of Betty Handza. Also survived by four grandchildren, Sarah Jane, Tommy, Woody and Tara. A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, July 24, between the hours of 68 pm at Colonial Funeral Home, 2170 Highway 88, Brick, New Jersey, with a service to be held at 7 p. m.

Madeline Ryan, 87, Operated and Owned Willow Coffee Shop in Scotch Plains

Madeline Louise Meyer Ryan, 87, died on Monday, July 19, at Community Memorial Hospital in Toms River.

Born and raised in Scotch Plains, she lived in Linden and Rahway before moving back to Scotch Plains in 1979.

Mrs. Ryan owned and operated the Sweet Shop in Linden in the

1950s. She later owned and operated the Willow Coffee Shop in Scotch Plains.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Scotch Plains, the Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign War, Post No. 10122 in Scotch Plains, the West Mount Chapter of Deborah Hospital and the Scotch Plains Historical Society. She received the “Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year Award” in 1989.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Mae E. Backovsky, in 1976. Surviving are three sons, William Warren Ryan, Jr. of Rahway, John Raymond Ryan of Lanoko Harbor, and Richard Charles Ryan of Clark; a brother, Arthur Meyer of Scotch Plains; 11 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren, and 13 great great grandchildren.

A Funeral Service will be held at Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue, Fanwood, tomorrow, Friday, July 23, at 9 a. m. Interment will be at Rosedale Memorial Park in Linden.

Calling hours will be today, Thursday, July 22, from 2 to 4 p. m. and 7 to 9 p. m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church , 1171 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains, 07076.

July 22, 1999

Garden Club of Westfield Welcomes New Officers

WESTFIELD — The Garden Club of Westfield installed new officers for the 19992000 year at its June meeting and picnic at the home of Joanne Sullebarger.

Newly installed officers for 19992000 are President Jean PartnerJones, First Vice President Irene Ilaria, Corresponding Secretary Jane Bischoff, Treasurer Elsie Seastream, and Recording Secretary Mary Ann

Malloy. Outgoing President Jody Melloan presided over the meeting. At the closing of the meeting, Mrs. Melloan was presented with the Past Presidents pin.

The Garden Club of Westfield is federated with The National Council of State Garden Clubs and The Garden Club of New Jersey District V, Piedmont Plain.

WELCOME NEW OFFICERS… The Garden Club of Westfield installed new officers for the 19992000 year at its June meeting and picnic at the home of Joanne Sullebarger. Pictured, left to right, are: newly installed officers Jane Bischoff, Corresponding Secretary; Elsie Seastream, Treasurer; Irene Ilaria, First Vice President, and Jean PartnerJones, President. Westfield D. A. R. Chapter

Welcomes New Members

WESTFIELD – A meeting of the Executive Board of the Westfield Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D. A. R.) was held at the home of Lillian Blauvelt in Westfield on June 14.

It was announced that the applications of Candee Mosher of West Caldwell and Elizabeth Hildreth of Cedar Grove had been verified and accepted for member ship in the Westfield D. A. R. chapter.

Mrs. Hildreth and Mrs. Mosher are the daughters of Charlotte Eich of Scotch Plains.

Members also discussed planned programs for the coming year. Final scheduling for these programs will be announced.

For membership information, please call Mrs. Blauvelt at (908) 2328674.

Tyler Patla Scores High in Talent Search

WESTFIELD – Tyler Patla of Westfield scored in the top 1 percent of the 48,000 seventh and eighth graders in the nation who participated in the 1999 Institute for the Academic Advancement of Youth (IAAY) Talent Search.

He was honored at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore on June 12. IAAY invited these students to the 20th anniversary year activities and recognized their academic achievement during the Grand Ceremony. Those honored scored 750 or better in the math or verbal sections of the college SAT.

At the state level, Tyler attended the IAAY ceremonies on June 5 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark. In addition to a certificate, 12 students each received a onecourse college scholarship from one of nine local universities.

Tyler was presented with a fourcredit scholarship from NJIT. Recently promoted from Edison Intermediate School, Tyler will attend Westfield High School in the fall. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Patla.

The WestfieldMountainside Chapter of the American Red Cross

is offering a Handyman Program to

local senior citizens. Call (908) 2327709

NEWLYINSTALLED… The Westfield Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently installed Helen Manton of Clifton, left, and Lillian Blauvelt of Westfield as its regent and registrar, respectively.

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